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Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago
Compiler and Editor John Wilson (1912)


  • Introductory
  • Chapter I
    The New Zealand Land Company - Whaling Trade - Free Church Association - Reports - Selection of First Ships.
  • Chapter II
    Incidents on the Voyages of Several of the Early Ships, together with an Account of the Voyage of the "Bengal Merchant," in 1839-40, to Wellington.
  • Chapter III
    Arrival of First Ships - Dunedin and Neighbourhood - Work Begun - Selections - First Houses - Work and Wages - Rural Lands - South and North - Law and Order - First Anniversary - General Notes.
  • Chapter IV
    Incidents, Anecdotes, and General Descriptions compiled from Accounts of some Early Settlers.
  • Chapter V
    Church Matters, and some of the Early Ministers.
  • Chapter VI
    Some of the Pioneer Women of Early Otago.
  • Chapter VII
    The Early Settlement of Tokomairriro Plain.
  • Chapter VIII
    The Clutha (or Molyneux) District - Incidental - River Molyneux - Survey - European Settlers before Immigration - Willcher and Russell - Inch Clutha and North Side of Molyneux - Balclutha - South Molyneux, South Clutha, and Catlins.
  • Chapter IX
    Wharepa from River Molyneux, Waitepeka - Kaihiky, Waiwera, and Onward - S.S. "Tuapeka" - Mails, &c. - Sports, Picnics, &c.
  • Chapter X
    Religious and Educational Work in Clutha - South Clutha and Port Molyneux - Inch Clutha and Kaitangata - Balclutha - Wharepa - Kaihiku - Clinton and Waiweka.
  • Chapter XI
    Agricultural Matters - Ploughing Matches.
  • Chapter XII
    Incidental and Anecdotal - Wild Dogs and Wild Pigs.
  • Chapter XIII
    Discovery of Gold, and Incidents told by some Early Settlers.
  • Chapter XIV
    Great Floods in Clutha - First Visit of Sir George Grey to Clutha - The Brave old Pioneers.
  • Appendix A
    List of Ships, 1848 - 1860
  • Appendix B
    List of Early Selectors, with selections in and around Clutha, 1847 - 1859.
  • Appendix C
    Biographical Sketches of some Early Settlers in and around Clutha.